Oct 19, 2014 - 11:07 AM
in reply to LengYing
Welcome back Elly,
You need to pay for the leg Paris - Basel. From Basel onwards, the trip is covered by your Swiss Pass. You don't need to get off the train in Basel. Just make sure to ask the staff on board the train to validate your Swiss Pass before you reach Basel.
There won't be many people booking seats from Basel to Zurich, so the risk of your seat being booked from Basel is really small. But, to be safe, you can order a ticket from Paris all the way to Zurich for Swiss Pass holders. That way you will pay to Basel only but have a seat reserved for the whole trip. You can book such a ticket through the link on our reservation page, or go directly to your local website at www.raileurope.com.sg/book-now/article/book-a-point-to-point-ticket?re_reservation=yes since you live in Malaysia.
You should book the ticket as soon as possible as early bookings are cheaper. Booking on the day itself is expensive and there's the risk of fully booked trains. Right now there are still tickets of SG$60 and SG$83. You can order along a Swiss Pass from the same website: www.raileurope.com.sg/pass/swiss-pass. And you can possibly get a discount on the entire order. Of course you can find all points of sale for Malaysia on the Swiss Pass page, but the easiest way in your case is like I just explained.
I would advice against booking seats for trains within Switzerland. Some trains do allow it, but very few people in Switzerland make use of that option, except for large groups. You'll end up spending more money than required and you'll be less flexible. If do want to book seats, you can do so as described above. It's also explained on the reservation page I already referred to.
Have a wonderful trip!
Last modified on Dec 28, 2014 - 12:54 PM by Arno